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A Guide to 2019 Latin American Elections: Bolivia



Evo Morales, already Latin America’s longest continuously serving head of state, overcame several legal obstacles to get on the ballot in 2019 to run for a controversial fourth, five-year term on the Movement toward Socialism ticket. This year, he is challenged by Carlos Mesa, a mild-mannered former journalist and historian who was president before Morales from 2003 to 2005. Morales’ best chance is to win the first round outright and stave off a runoff.

General elections will take place October 20. If no candidate gets at least 50 percent of the vote, or gets 40 percent with a 10-point margin of the nearest competitor, a runoff will be held on December 15. In the general elections, voters will also elect 130 deputies and 36 senators to the 2020–2025 legislative session.

>> Find out about other elections in our main 2019 Election Guide.

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Poll Tracker: Bolivia's 2019 Presidential Race

September 16, 2019

The courts ruled that Evo Morales can run for a fourth consecutive term. Do Bolivians want him to?

Carlos Mesa’s Uphill Effort to Defeat Evo Morales

August 26, 2019

Why Bolivia’s leading opposition candidate has lost momentum.

Meet the Candidates: Bolivia

April 11, 2019

In his controversial push for a fourth term, Evo Morales faces another former president.

Voters in Panama on Election Day. (AP)

2019 Latin American Elections: A Preview

January 09, 2019

AS/COA Online takes a look at upcoming presidential races in Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Uruguay.

Thanks, But Goodbye: Why Many of Evo Morales' Supporters Want Him to Move On

April 29, 2018

El Alto, Bolivia, was key to Evo Morales' rise, and thrived during his three terms in office. Why is it turning against the president as he campaigns for a fourth?